Announcing that Buddha Nullah Rejuvenation project will be completed on mission mode, Punjab Vidhan Sabha Speaker Kultar Singh Sandhwan on Wednesday said that a committee of Legislative Assembly had been constituted to convert Budha Nullah into Buddha Dariya under rejuvenation project besides ensuring strictest action against those discharging pollutants in the water body.
The seven-member committee, headed by Ludhiana East MLA Daljeet Singh Grewal, would also have a mandate to ensure cleaning of Ghaggar River. MLAs Madan Lal Bagga, Gurpreet Singh Banawali, Birinder Goyal, Kulwant Singh Sidhu, Manpreet Singh Ayali and Sandeep Jakhar will be the members of committee.
Inspecting various points along with Buddha Nullah in Walipur, Gaunspur and others villages, the Punjab Vidhan Sabha Speaker said that pollution in any form and manner was a crime against humanity and guilty would not be spared at any cost. He said that the environment was one of the foremost priorities of the Punjab government led by CM Bhagwant Mann.
Every possible step will be initiated to clean the water bodies across the state besides safeguarding the precious natural resources, he said.Accompanied by MLAs Daljeet Singh Bhola Grewal, Madan Lal Bagga, Jiwan Singh Sangowal, Hardeep Singh Mundia, the Speaker said that legislative Assembly's Committee would closely examine the situation of Buddha Nullah and Ghaggar River, review functioning and installation of STPs and other projects followed by submission of detailed report to government with its recommendations to rejuvenate both water streams.
He said that exemplary punishment would also be ensured against the culprits of the environment.Sandhwan also ordered the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) to identify the industries releasing heavy metals into Buddha Dariya and submit a report to him within a month. Further, he also announced an environmental study by PGI in Gonspur village about the impact of polluted water on the health of people, agriculture, cattle and others.
The Speaker also called for making rejuvenation of Buddha Dariya and Ghaggar River a mass movement and said suggestions being received from various sections of society in cleaning both water streams would be carefully studied. Later, the officials from various departments detailed to him about the Rs 650 crore Buddha Nullah rejuvenation project.
Prominent among present on the occasion included Deputy Commissioner Surabhi Malik, Commissioner of Police Dr Kaustabh Sharma, MC Commissioner Dr Shena Aggarwal, SSP Ludhiana Rural Deepak Hilori, ADC (Rural Development) Amit Kumar Panchal, Additional MC Commissioner Aaditya Dachalwal, Naroya Punjab head Gurpreet Singh Chandbaja, Er. Jaskirat Singh, Kapil Arora and others.